A Laboratory in Japan

On National Bike To Work Day last month (May 16, 2014), our friends in Japan published a beautifully illustrated guide to the history of Timbuk2 on the fashion, lifestyle and culture mecca blog Houyhnhnm. Tokyo/Paris based artist Sarika Toriumi was called upon to bring some of our most timeless archive images to life through illustrations. If/when we write a children’s book about a young man named Rob Honeycutt in San Francisco and his journey to Timbuk2 and back, surely it would look something like this…

 Inspiration for the original bicycle messenger bag: electricians on telephone poles. They needed a durable companion that gave them convenient access to tools while still working…

 Muse and fellow pioneer in bringing messenger bags to life in NYC, Eric Zo of Zo Bags…

Inspired by the 80′s band Timbuk3, and the mystique of the ancient city of Timbuk2, Rob Honeycutt, renamed his company to Timbuk2…

Twenty-five years later, the Timbuk2 messenger bag has become an icon of city living, and staple for urban dwellers and bike riders around the world….

…Timeline based on the original photograph used in a print ad in 1991…

See and read more in the Houyhnhnm article here. Explore Sarika Toriumi‘s portfolio here.

And of course, 25 years later, we’re still building bags, made to order in our factory in the heart of San Francisco. Build yours here.

 

 

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